Rock it
Apr09

Rock it

I love rocks! Stacked, painted, love to look at old rock walls here and around Pennsylvania. A few years back my family was traveling near Tunkhannock PA and we stopped at a tractor show to take in the sights. Next to the show grounds ran a mountain stream. We walked in and picked up a bunch of beautiful flat rocks. I used to stack them outside, but then one day Lucy and I started making faces out of them and some shells, (love them...

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Welcome to Creatively Speaking
Apr04

Welcome to Creatively Speaking

My name is Pat Klug, welcome to Creatively Speaking. Here I share short stories, recipes, design ideas, art, and lots of other fun life tidbits. I even have guest cooks who stop by to cook up some of their favorite recipes. I’ve been a well-known creative director here in Pittsburgh and beyond all my life, but I like to think of myself as 1/3 designer, 1/3 consultant, 1/3 home cook, and 100% family girl. Hope you enjoy! Drop me...

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A different kind of New Year Resolution
Jan10

A different kind of New Year Resolution

If you are like me you have a bunch of old cooking and lifestyle magazines tucked away somewhere, mine is in the closet and stuffed on shelves. Magazines were different only a few years ago, they were filled with wonderful stories about the little things in life, they put everything together from family meals to weddings and of course dinner parties. Now, we look on Pinterest to be inspired, or google a recipe and stumble on some cute...

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Tom Dooley
Dec02

Tom Dooley

When I was 8 or 9 my brother John and I had a pet turtle named Tom Dooley, I think the name came from a popular song at the time. Anyway, he disappeared and after weeks of searching we all gave him up for dead. Then months later while we were having dinner, Tom crawled out from under the refrigerator! We were all so excited to see him, my Dad picked him up, put him on the table and gave him a pea. Moments after he swallowed it he...

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Barbara’s ginkgo tree
Nov11

Barbara’s ginkgo tree

At exactly 9:32 on the morning of Saturday, November 11, 2017, every leaf fell off Barbara’s ginkgo tree. This came as no surprise, although a little late. Most years it’s the 4th or 5th of November. This tree knows me- I swear it waits for me to come around to witness its wonderful moment. This year the sky was bright blue and the leaves feathered by me as they planned… If you have never seen a ginkgo or know much...

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my pop (corn) secret
Apr19

my pop (corn) secret

Popcorn may be my oldest friend. It’s been in my life longer than I can remember. Dinner, snacks even breakfast. I only make it one way. So, here’s my secret for the tastiest corn around! I use my grandma’s heavy skillet that my Mom passed down to me. I will never part with it even though It’s seen better days, and I brown the butter. Here is the original recipe used in my family for three generations. Step 1...

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